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Engineering Cultures Taiwan

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Taichung, Taipei, Taiwan
Course # SA 10506
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2018 05/06/18 to 05/20/18

Program Leader

Name Brent Jesiek

Program Description

This study abroad program introduces students to the Engineering Culture of Taiwan while also building relationships between Purdue and two schools in the region. The main objective for this program is to increase interest and preparedness among participants for future study, research, and/or work opportunities in Taiwan specifically and East Asia more generally.

The experience begins with a series of preparatory meetings that will start to familiarize students with the history and culture of the Taiwan and East Asia. Students will also learn strategies to improve their ability to function effectively in cross-cultural environments, including through the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI).  The international portion of the course is planned for May 7-20, 2017.

Approximately one week will be spent at Feng Chia University and other locations in and around Taichung, Taiwan. The remaining time will be spent around Taipei and Tainan City, with the latter involving a multi-day visit to National Cheng Kung University (NCKU). University visits will include campus tours, visits to research labs, interactions with students and faculty, and topical seminars. At Feng Chia, students will undertake intensive, short-term project work with a group of Taiwanese students in an Innovation and Entrepreneurship course.

The trip will additionally include visits to significant cultural and historical sites, as well as visits to industry sites (e.g., tours of semiconductor and other manufacturing facilities). Throughout the experience, emphasis will be placed on Taiwanese culture and history, including how urban infrastructure, industry, transport, and architecture reflect unique cultures and styles of engineering and technology. 

Academic Credit

Earn 3 credits for ENGR 19500. Approved as a Tech Elective for ME and AAE. Approved as a Complimentary Elective for ECE. Ask your academic advisor how it can be used in your plan of study.


All students in the College of Engineering, Krannert School of Management, and College of Technology are welcome to apply. You must be in good standing with the university.

Program Cost

Program cost is estimated at $2100 (if you have the $1000 Purdue Moves Scholarship available, $3100 if not). This price INCLUDES group flight, housing, cultural excursions, several meals, ground transportation, metro passes, 3 credits, and International Health Insurance.

Application Deadline

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until program reaches capacity. 15 spots are available.

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